Those who discovered Fire Emblem either through the handheld iterations or the dozen or so sword-wielding characters in Smash Bros. would do well to go back and check out Radiant Dawn on the Wii. A sequel to the GameCube's Path of Radiance, FE:RD is much like its predecessors, in that it's an excellent strategy game with great characters and a meaty campaign. Best of all, you can finally figure out just what the heck Ike's deal is after maining him in Smash for years on end.
Years before Splatoon made a splash with its colorful brand of paint-based mayhem, there was de Blob. Centered on a world being drained of its hue by The Man, de Blob gives you the pleasurable task of bringing color back to the masses. As you progress in each level, the music adds new layers and instruments, giving it a really nice sense of momentum. It's kind of like Katamari Damacy meets Super Mario Sunshine. It helps that the art style is distinct and the
In 2009, HotD: Overkill set a record by using dropping the F-Bomb 189 times. That's the sort of game this is. Granted, it still plays much like the on-rails zombie arcade shooters that make up the rest of the franchise, but this one has a slightly different personality. Whereas something like House of the Dead 2 was a cheesy B-movie in an unintentional way like Troll 2, Overkill was more in line with the schlocky-on-purpose Planet Terror. The game skirts the line of good taste and then soaks it in gasoline and lights it on fire, but alway does so with a wink. Somehow, that fits in perfectly with a wacky zombie shooter.
Back before Capcom announced Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, they tested the Versus waters with a slightly lesser-known partner. Tatsunoko is not exactly a household name in the States, but they're a bit bigger in Japan, having created or helped create iconic anime like Speed Racer, Gatchaman and Macross. The result was a zany fighter that included Capcom mainstays like Ryu, Mega Man and Frank West. There's nothing else like it on the Wii. Though it shares a lot in common with MvC3, it's definitely worth revisiting if you haven't given it a shot yet. We're still holding out for a sequel, if only so we can finally play as the Samurai Pizza Cats.
Brawl is an interesting case when it comes to Smash Bros fandom. It added tons more characters, vastly improved graphics and an absolutely killer soundtrack, but there were other parts that rubbed veterans the wrong way. The game is notably slower than Smash Bros Melee, robbing it of that snappy feel that defined the GameCube iteration of the series. Even so, it's hard to deny how much fun it is to roll with friends and just . It would be higher on this list, but the fact that you can trip and fall at any time knocks it down like ten spots.